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Randy Weston Dies at 92

The esteemed pianist, composer, and bandleader was also jazz's premier Afrocentrist

Randy Weston (photo by Marek Lazarski)
Randy Weston (photo by Marek Lazarski)

Randy Weston, an NEA Jazz Master pianist, composer, and bandleader who dedicated his career to exposing jazz music’s extensions of African lineage and tradition, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, Sept. 1, at his home in Brooklyn. He was 92 years old.

His death was announced by his wife, Fatoumata Mbengue-Weston, and his longtime friend and biographer, Willard Jenkins. The cause of death is still to be determined.

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